Avalos A Broyles Award Nominee
Nov. 8, 2017

  • 2017 Broyles Award Nominees

    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach Andy Avalos has been named one of 56 nominees for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to college football's top assistant coach.

    An 18-member selection committee of former head coaches, along with a committee representing the Football Writers Association of America, will select 15 semifinalists and five finalists from the list of nominees, and an overall winner. Those finalists will be invited to travel to Little Rock, Ark., where the 2017 Broyles Award winner will be announced on Dec. 5 at the Marriott Hotel.

    Avalos, in his sixth season on the Bronco staff and second as Boise State's defensive coordinator, oversees one of the top units in the country, with the Broncos ranked 15th in total defense, allowing just 307.9 yards per game. The Bronco defense also ranks eighth in the FBS against the run, yielding just 106.4 rushing yards per game, and having just one opposing player reach the 100-yard mark on the ground against it this season.

    In Mountain West play, the Bronco defense paces the loop in rushing defense and is second overall, and has not allowed more than 14 points to an opponent in any one of its five conference games.

    Avalos has overseen standout individual performances from a number of Broncos this season, including Burlsworth Trophy semifinalist Leighton Vander Esch, a linebacker who has intercepted a pair of passes this season in addition to ranking 16th in the country in total tackles (9.6 per game) and ninth in solo tackles (6.2 per game). In the secondary, junior Tyler Horton has intercepted a pair of passes, while sophomores safeties Kekoa Nawahine (team-leading three interceptions) and DeAndre Pierce (one interception, second on the team with 58 tackles) have contributed to a defense that ranks 22nd in the FBS with 11 interceptions. On the front line, redshirt freshman Curtis Weaver leads the Mountain West and is 19th in the country with 7.0 sacks, and has scored a touchdown on a 55-yard fumble return at Washington State (Sept. 9).

    Boise State (7-2, 5-0 MW) travels to Fort Collins to take on Colorado State (6-4, 4-2 MW) Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

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